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The Owls shot a dreadful 18 percent (6-of-33) in the first half and trailed 33-15 at halftime in suffering their fifth consecutive AMC loss to the Lions on Thursday night at Anderson Arena.

William Woods University (7-10, 3-7 American Midwest Conference) was down by as many as 22 points in the second half before twice cutting its deficit to nine. Junior forward Makenzie Fessler's basket in the paint brought the Owls within 64-55 with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left in the game.

That would be as close as William Woods would get as Freed-Hardeman University (10-4, 7-1) capped off the double-digit win.

Fessler and senior guard Treshawn Gause finished with 22 points apiece as the only players to reach double figures for the Owls, who shot just 34 percent (25-of-73) overall.

Fessler also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and freshman center Darius Yohe had eight to guide William Woods to a 47-38 advantage on the boards.

Kortland Martin — who was 9-of-18 from the field — countered with a game-high 27 points to spur three players in double figures for the Lions, who shot 47 percent (29-of-62) as a team. Konstantin Dotsenko added 14 points and Bryan Battle contributed 10.

The Owls remained at home for an AMC contest against Williams Baptist (Ark.) University on Saturday. Results were not available at press time.

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